KA by Cirque du Soleil Review

The arts are such an important and fulfilling part of people’s lives, good art changes peoples perceptions, opens our minds and helps us discover and travel without leaving our seats. It’s food for our souls, nourishing parts of your spirit, heart and even your brain you don’t know how to until you experience them. Art makes us think more deeply, strive more intently, and feel joy more profoundly.

When we were planning our trip to Las Vegas, we knew we wanted to see a show, but which one? Like so many things in Vegas, there’s an incredible abundance of options and truly something for everyone, no matter your tastes or inclinations. I knew we had to go to a Cirque du Soleil show. And after a quick search, it had to be KA!

Cirque du Soleil shows are notorious for their amazing acrobatics, mind binding stages and effects, cultural inclusive story lines and they pioneered the animal free concept to an extremely cruel field. And KA did not disappoint.

We started by attending the open house they offer, which is a great thing to do if you’re on the fence about attending a show. It is free and nothing short of amazing. The guided tour shows elements of the show you would miss otherwise, like the tons of sand they use every night, an explanation on the story line, the amazingness of the theater when it’s not completely full and you get to hear lots of interesting details and learn what makes KA once of a kind. Guests of all ages are welcome. (free things to do with kids in Vegas!)  Each tour lasts 20-30 minutes.

The lobby features original costumes used on the show, allowing you to check out every intricate detail you wouldn’t notice from stage. There’s also a huge, colorful dragon originally a prop in Zaia, a Cirque du Soleil show from Macau, China, which was mended and given new life to welcome everyone to KA.  Also in the lobby is one of the world’s largest Earth Harp, created by William Close, and it is played by two musicians before every performance of KA.

Here are some incredible facts we learned:

    •  KA is the first Cirque du Soleil show to have a cohesive storyline.
    • Throughout the show they use a rotating stage, that is reactive to touch, like a giant iPad. One of the techs even gave us a demo.
    • They have the highest choreographed fall at 70 feet.
    • KA has more than 10,000 costume pieces, including shoes.
    • There are 74 artists in KA including eight musicians.
    • The “sand” in the show is made out of granulated cork, because regular sand would obviously be too slippery
    • The entire production budget for KA was $165 million and approximately $1 million of that went into designing the theater.

Excited after the open house,we arrived 30 minutes early that evening, to account to the lines and make sure we didn’t miss the musicians playing the gigantic harp. Once we entered the theater, performers were greating everyone without breaking character for a even a second, it gave the experience an amazing feeling, like we were actually part of the show.

Once the lights came off we got a pretty cool and funny reminder to enjoy the show and not the pictures or video. The performances were both thrilling and touching. Some moments left us on the edge of our seats and gasping at the seeming danger and amazing skill of the performers. KA is by far the best show we’ve ever watched. I hope all these details and amazing facts help you decide and make you check it out. KA will never tour, because of their amazing stage this just wouldn’t be possible, so make sure you catch it before it’s gone.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend both the KA open house and the show as their guest. All opinions are my own.

Park & Zoom: the best parking spot at the Austin Airport!!


I’m always running late, like always. People that know me will tell me things start a solid 30 minutes before, so I can arrive on time. I think is a Costa Rican thing, maybe we like to make an entrance, haha. So you can see why traveling can be pretty interesting in our household. My mom packs and repacks and gets ready weeks before she travels. I’m more of a ball up everything and hope for the best. More like, can’t put my shoes back on because and have to run barefoot to the terminal after passing TSA. Yeah, you’ve seen my kind and probably shoot your head in disapproval, you know my mom has!

So, to me having to park and wait for a shuttle is horrible. Most extended parking spots are super far from the airport, so you have to account for traffic, lights and having to pick up lots of other people. Ugh, it’s always such a pain! And the same happens on the way back, wait ages for the shuttle to get there and then again until they pick up lots of people. Incredibly inconvenient! But not anymore, I just discovered an amazing choice and I can’t tell you how happy I am about it! Enter Park & Zoom…

Park & Zoom is right there in the airport, so the Zoom in their name is true. They personally greet you and they are seriously friendly and welcoming. They let you know what aisle has an empty parking space. By the time we got off the car the shuttle was right there, no waiting at all. Super nice and friendly staff helped us with our bags and gave us a card to remember our spot.

Prefer Valet parking? It’s only $12.95 per day. And we witnessed three attendants, yes three helping the valet customer to make sure he had an amazing and speedy transaction. You can check flight times on their ABIA flat screen as you get on their VIP Valet shuttle, which runs every 3 to 5 minutes—Zoom. Have an electric car? Valet customers, charge up with one of their free EV chargers while you’re away!

Join the ZoomClub & earn free parking!

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Complimentary Amenities

  • Chilled, bottled water
  • Copy of USA Today (while supplies last)
  • Arrival & Depatures screeen for all flight info
  • Earn free parking by joining our ZoomClub
  • Onsite showers & bike racks for bicyclists

Plus, they give back. Park&Zoom is donating $1 to local charities for each of the first 15,000 ZoomClub members who sign up. The charities are:

Car care while you’re away; yes you are not just parking you can come back to a sparkling clean car. So if you happen to leave a bag with the left over breakfast tacos you indulged on, you wont come back to maggots in your car’s carpets. eeekkk! Texas heat people, Texas heat! They also offer these other services:

  • Oil & filter change
  • Windshield chip repair
  • Dry cleaning

Make you to check them out next time you travel. I promise you will never go back to regular far away parking spots! And to make it even sweeter here’s a 10% off coupon! You’re welcome! l

Giveaway: 9/11 Film Charlie Sheen Autographed Poster and Gift Pack

Everyone has a 9/11 Story. I was actually at the USA Consulate in Costa Rica, and stood in shock along with everyone in the building, it was incredibly sad and it’s certainly a day no one will ever forget.

We would like to introduce you to an awe-inspiring film starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg titled 9/11, based on the original play, The Elevator, that centers on the events of September 11, 2001.
No matter who you are or where you were, that moment and the aftermath is indelibly etched in everyone’s mind.

The film 9/11 is based on a true story and chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.

I’d love to hear how you were impacted by the event and where you were. Is so important to never forget, and sharing people’s stories of love, courage, perseverance and even heartbreak, helps everyone remember that together we’re strong.

Visit the official website for more information about this film.

 

9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).

In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

Now you have a chance to win a prize pack!

The Prize Pack Contains:

1 – 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace
1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children

Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada

To enter just head to our instagram and make sure to follow the simple steps. Good Luck!

10 must watch movies to get in the Fall mood

Have you heard about Hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word to describe a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. For me those are cooler weather, warm cinnamony drinks, fluffy blankets and  freshly baked cookies. Nothing is better and more comforting to me than Fall. Maybe it’s a Texas thing, when you live through 100+ degree weather you embrace cooler seasons and don’t let go. So how to I hygge? I combine one or more of the above with the epitome of comfort: watching movies on the couch. So without further ado here’s my list of movies to get into full Hygge bliss, in no particular order and the sweetest part is that they’re all available on Netflix DVD.

Good will hunting: When professors at MIT discover that an aimless young janitor working at the university is also a mathematical genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back. 

Benjamin ButtonA man who was born old and wrinkled but grows younger as the years go by — with a screenplay adapted from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Legends of the Fall: Yes, two Brad Pitt movies in one list, don’t judge me! The Ludlow clan — father William and brothers Alfred, Tristan and Samuel — splinters when Sam goes off to fight in World War I against his father’s wishes. To protect Sam, his siblings follow suit, but tragedy ensues when their efforts fall short.

Stepmom:Ain’t no mountain high enough… ” This is one of those ugly cry movies so make sure you have tissues handy. Divorcée Jackie Harrison opposes the presence of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend — career-woman Isabel Kelly — in the lives of her two children. But the chasm between the two women disappears when Jackie is diagnosed with cancer.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone: I added the first one just in case you have been living under a rock and need to start watching them in other. But any Harry Potter movies will do. On his 11th birthday, orphaned Harry Potter learns he’s a powerful wizard — with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers, he uncovers the truth about his parents’ deaths.

American Beauty: Suburban fall, windy days with plastic bags dancing around. I love this Kevin Spacey film. While struggling to endure his tightly wound wife, an unfulfilling job and a sullen teenage daughter, suburbanite Lester Burnham falls deep into a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with one of his daughter’s friends.

Practical Magic: I love magical movies and I think this one is right on that sweet spot where it’s not really scary enough for Halloween but just perfect for fall. Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are modern-day witches whose love lives are complicated by an unusual curse: Men who fall in love with them meet untimely ends. But against the advice of their eccentric aunts, the sisters continue to seek romance.

You’ve got mail: In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet — both blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business. Director Nora Ephron’s Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy puts romance on the ropes — and forces two people to make tough decisions about life, love and livelihood.

Edward Scissorhands: Dark, spooky and with Johnny Deep, do I need to say more? An inventor dies before developing hands for his creation, a boy named Edward who instead has scissors at the end of each arm. Edward lives a monastic existence until an Avon lady adopts him and takes him to live in the pastel paradise of suburbia.

Hope you guys enjoy the list! If I didn’t mention your favorite please let me know on the comments below. Make sure you check out these and all the amazing titles available on Netflix DVD

STAR WARS Fans Invited to “Find the Force” As Unprecedented Augmented Reality Event Sweeps the Globe for Force Friday II!!!

Following the global phenomenon of Force Friday in 2015, Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Find the Force, a global augmented reality (AR) event rolling out on Force Friday II (September 1) to commemorate the worldwide launch of new products inspired by STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

From September 1-3, retailers around the world will invite fans to Find the Force by taking part in an AR treasure hunt. Here’s how it works: first, download the Star Wars App, which is your one-stop-shop for all things Star Wars (those who already have the app will need to download the latest version). Then, visit any one of 20,000 participating retail locations to find a graphic that contains the Find the Force logo. When you scan the graphic using the Star Wars App, you’ll reveal a character, who through augmented reality, will appear in the room with you. You can then take photos, record videos, and share the experience on social media. Come back each day to reveal new characters (15 in total across the program’s three-day run). Click here for more information: www.starwars.com/findtheforce.

“Force Friday II puts fans right at the center of the action using augmented reality to bring our characters to life like never before. The technology theme continues in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi product line, which is our most innovative yet – we can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store.” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

Fans can download the latest version of the Star Wars App (v. 2.3 or higher) beginning Aug. 24 for an early look at the new Porg characters in AR before the AR treasure hunt goes live at retail. By sharing photos or videos featuring the in-store AR characters on Twitter or Instagram using #FindtheForce and #Sweepstakes throughout Force Friday II weekend, fans in select global markets can participate in a sweepstakes for the chance to win the ultimate fan experience: tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedipremiere in December.

More information about Find the Force and a how-to video is available at www.starwars.com/findtheforceStar Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.

 

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th!

THOR: RAGNAROK Superpower of STEM Challenge!!!

I am very excited to share with you details about Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK – “Superpower of STEM Challenge” that recently began and goes until September 23rd. Girls ages 15-18, in grades 10-12, are encouraged to channel their superpower of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more! Here is a video with Cate Blanchett (“Hela”) that has more information:

 

This program, supported by American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS, and Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young girls to use the superpower of STEM to help their family, community or the world be safer, healthier or happier. MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide, ages 15 -18 in grades 10 – 12 living in the 50 United States and D.C., to use the superpower of STEM to create an original Do-It-Yourself project that can be replicated by others.

Five finalists will be selected to come to Los Angeles and present their projects, in person, to a panel of experts and to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK.  Each finalistwill receive: Two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, including scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, hotel accommodations, from October 8 through October 11, 2017; the opportunity to be on the red carpet at the Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, $500 deposited into a high-yield savings account from Synchrony Bank; a tour of the Walt Disney Studiosin Burbank, California; and more.

About the Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends at 6:00PM PT on September 23, 2017. Open only to girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 – 12, as of August 23, 2017, who are legal residents and physically living in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Limit 1 entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on or about October 8, 2017 through October 11, 2017. See Official Rules at www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions, and limitations. Void where prohibited. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Like THOR: RAGNAROK on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thor/  

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THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!

 

Front Door Decor for Fall under $100 with At Home

The cooler air, leaves falling from orange trees, no more three digit weather! Can you tell I adore Fall! It’s not only the best weather of the year but the gateway to all my favorite holidays. So obviously I embrace it to the fullest and there’s no better way to celebrate fall than to decorate!

Right now you can escape the last few weeks of this excruciating heat and get a sneak peek at the Fall season décor available in At Home stores across the US. At Home is the one-stop-shop to decorate your whole house – from an entire room makeover to smaller refreshes for every season, on any budget. I’ve professed my love for At Home to you guys on my Halloween post HERE and my dorm decor post HERE, and fall is certainly no exception, the stores are already full of gorgeous Autumn colors, pumpkin scents and a certain vibe that tells you winter is coming! (pun intended).

Check out how gorgeous my front door looks with these amazing finds from At Home. For under $100 I was able to spruce up my homes entrance and made it look inviting and welcoming. Just by adding this pieces to my front door and lighting a pumpkin spice candle, I swear it feels like 10 degrees less in here!

Here’s are the details and prices so you can recreate the front door decor:

This adorable and super durable pumpkin will stay with our family for many many holiday seasons to me. And at $14.99 is serious bargain!

This Welcome sign is so pretty and the picture doesn’t do it justice. Standing at 48 in, it’s the best way to welcome friends and family to your home this fall. $24.99.

Crown your door with this adorable wreath with all the fall favorites; acorns, berries and twigs. $19.99

And to tie it all together and fuel my addition for quatrefoil shapes. This door mat is super sturdy and I’m sure will resist all the rain and mud stains this season and beyond. $12.99

Go here to find an At home store near you! Check out their website and download the app, they offer insanely amazing deals every week and you’ll want to be the first one to know!

This post is part of a promotional program with MomSelect, I was compensated and/or given products for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

OshKosh B’gosh Style Up 4 School & Giveaway!

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

Hello August! Oh my! August! The year is halfway gone and the kiddos are about to go back to school. Is it just me, or the older you get the faster the years go by? Since my kiddos started going to school I feel like every year is shorter! And if I’m quite honest, the picking school clothes can be overwhelming for me, specially my little divas clothes. She is 7 going on 17, has an opinion about everything and is always 3 words from a meltdown.  As I’m pretty sure you can tell I need some help so I don’t loose my mind picking outfits that are comfortable, functional, school appropriate and DIVA approved!

Enter OshKosh, they have been around for ages and still offer an array of amazing quality clothing at great prices. But by far my favorite thing about OshKoshis that they set up their clothing in several outfits, so you don’t have to guess which top looks better with the shorts you fell in love with. They offer all the combinations and it’s super easy to pick out gorgeous outfits for the kids.

My daughter was so excited and kept finding outfits she loved, this doesn’t happen often. She found comfy leggings and stylist tunics that we’ll be able to mix and match so she has tons of new outfits for school. We found the most adorable leggins with unicorns and such vivid prints, the combinations are truly endless.

We also loved the color schemes for the start of school/fall the rich blues mixed with bright pinks and metallics. I’m sure my little diva will shine a little brighter this year because of these outfits, I didn’t have to brake the bank to get lots of outfit combinations and the best part is that most pieces can be mixed and match so I can let her choose her outfits without having to fight because she looks like a rainbow threw up on her. Oh glorious fuzzing free mornings! Can’t wait!

As if I wasn’t alrteady head over heels for OshKosh, I found out about their B’gosh Jeanius Campaign, which is an annual effort to support their customer’s local communities with donated clothing and school supply needs. Since then, they’ve partnered with DonorsChoose.org, Delivering Good, OshKoshMoms, families and friends to collect over $1.1 million and distribute more than 66,000 articles of clothing to impact the lives of over 260,000 students.

You can join their effort by donating a new pair of jeans in-store or making a cash contribution in-store or online HERE from July 25 through September 18. And, share your “shop to give style” on social media using #BgoshJeanius. Let’s share these gorgeous outfits while helping children in need!

Still can’t get enough OshkoshGo to your local OshKosh store to unlock a Snapchat Filter from 8/4-8/6! Then share all the fun! Go HERE to find an OshKosh store near you! And to make it even better you can use Coupon Code: OKBG3352 to get 20% off your purchase of $40 or more.

Now for the fun part! Enter the giveaway below for a change to win an OshKosh $50 gift card! Make sure you share with your friends and family!
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THOR: RAGNAROK – New Trailer and Poster!

In Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

THOR: RAGNAROK is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Make sure to check out the new trailer here:

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THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!